A creative outlet for writers of all genres has been established at an independent bookstore in German Village.

A creative outlet for writers of all genres has been established at an independent bookstore in German Village.

The German Village Writers Group, which gives authors a chance to discuss writing topics and an opportunity to recite material in front of a live audience, has been meeting most Saturdays at the Book Loft, 631 S. Third St.

Everyone is welcome, regardless of genre, style or talent level. No fees are required to join and no registration is necessary, said Roger Tompkins, the group’s founder and co-owner of the bookstore.

“We’re trying to help people who feel shy and uncomfortable to feel relaxed and at ease, and this is giving them an opportunity to do that,” he said.

The group, open to anyone in central Ohio, next will meet from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Participants are asked to show up no later than 3 p.m. to be assured a 15-minute spot at the microphone, Tompkins said.

Originally, Tompkins intended to form a poetry group but decided to expand the catalog to give more people an opportunity to participate.

People can read poetry, fiction, nonfiction, original works or previously published works, he said.

“If you want to come up and read Robert Frost poetry, you can,” Tompkins said. “It does not have to be your own work.”

As part of the gatherings, the group meets in the processing area of the store to discuss different writers, objectives for the group and offer opinions on one anothers’ writing.

Mike Babcock, an assistant manager at the store and the group’s organizer, said he thinks it is “a good thing for a local bookstore to be part of the literary scene.”

He said the loose-knit organization asks its participants for direction.a

“I’m picturing something that will add to people’s motivations to write, a place where they can come together and make connections with each other, and create a community where they can share and develop ideas with one another,” said Babcock, a poetry enthusiast.

The writers group has one logistical issue. The Book Loft does not have enough room to allow people to perform, so when the weather turns for the season, the group will need another place to perform. Tompkins said he is exploring some venues in the immediate area.